Disgusting dog breeder gets 22 weeks for starving puppies in squalid conditions

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A man who starved puppies, locked them in tiny cat carriers and refused to give them water has been jailed for 22 weeks,

Emmanuel Paul, 37, who pleaded guilty to three animal cruelty offences, also kept the dogs hidden under sheets in his home, and failed to give them any bedding or toys.

His shocking treatment of the poor animals was slammed by charity RSPCA as he was banned from keeping animals for five years.

The animal abuser was also ordered to pay £2,000 in costs for the horrendous crimes.

Having investigated the premises in Rugby, Warwickshire, in November 2020, the RSPCA found that the man, who now lives in Manchester, had keep five adult dogs and two litters of 17 puppies all varieties of the Cane Corso breed.

They also found five individual cat carriers holding a single underweight puppy each.

Images from the inspection show that the poor pooches were so thin that their hips, spines and ribcages were all visible, while the charity said that the man had no food at all in his flat.

Inspector Nichola Johnson said that urgent veterinary checks found that the animals had “unnecessarily suffered”.

She said: “As soon as I entered the flat I could hear what sounded like a large number of puppies barking and squealing from what is the living area.

“The smell of ammonia in the property was extremely strong.

“There was a lot of noise coming from the kitchen area and a space next to it. All I could see was some sheets covering up something.

“I began removing the sheets to find in total two black crates and five cat carriers, all containing puppies.

“None of the accommodation had water or bedding provided and were completely devoid of any toys or environmental enrichment.”

Three of the adult dogs have now been re-homed by the Dogs Trust, while two other adults are now ready to be re-homed, having been cared for by the charity.

One puppy died just three days before the RSCPA intervened, after the man told his vets that he could not afford the treatment needed to care for it.

He was sentenced at Coventry Magistrates' Court this week.

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